Philosophy a kind of criticism?

I can’t help but dream about a kind of criticism that would not try to judge, but bring an oeuvre, a book, a sentence, an idea to life; it would light fires, watch the grass grow, listen to the wind, and catch the sea-foam in the breeze and scatter it. It would multiply, not judgments, but signs of existence; it would summon them, drag them from their sleep. Perhaps it would invent them sometimes– all the better. All the better. Criticism that hands down sentences sends me to sleep; I’d like a criticism of scintillating leaps of the imagination. It would not be a sovereign or dressed in red. It would bear the lightning of possible storms.
— Michel Foucault. (1997) [1980]. ‘The Masked Philosopher’

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3 comments on “Philosophy a kind of criticism?

  1. dmfant says:

    resounds with the welcome promises of a “Gay” science…

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